Pilot Grant Winners Announced

2024 Pilot Research Projects Announced

2023 Pilot Grant winners

Our 2022 Hawk-IDDRC Pilot Grant Award Winners

Six new research projects have been announced, drawing upon $120,000 from the first annual Hawk-IDDRC Pilot Grant program. The projects range from behavioral psychology and preemie babies, to the study of tRNA viruses in the brain, and will each receive a $20,000 award for their research.

The winning researchers are:

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Aislinn Williams, MD, PhD

Aislinn's project will seek to show how tRNA viruses may rescue premature stop codons in the brain.


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Stefan Strack, PhD

Stefan will be creating an Iowa registry of children with Jordan’s Syndrome.

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Mark Blumberg, PhD

Mark will be tracking the developmental trajectory of sleep-related behaviors in human infants.


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Stephanie Lee, MD

Stephanie will be studying the impact of a common heart condition in preterm infants on brain maturation.

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Ellen van der Plas, PhD

Ellen is researching the impact of pediatric kidney transplant on brain development.


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Kelly Schieltz, PhD

Kelly will study brain functioning during disruptive behavior in children with developmental disabilities.


All these impressive projects will be made possible with funding from the Hawk-IDDRC, a P50 Center grant funded through the National Institutes of Health, housed within the Center for Disabilities and Development.

External Funding Opportunities 

are available from a range of external sources, including federal and state government agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and corporations.

Click Here: External Funding for Research 


Internal Funding Opportunities

are available through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Executive Vice President and Provost, the University's eleven Colleges, and various centers, programs and institutes across campus.

Click Here: University Funding Sources 

Limited Submission Competitions 

are listed on the Division of Sponsored Programs Grant Bulletin's UI Limited Submission Opportunities website and on the InfoReady Review limited submissions site. 

Click Here: Limited Submissions